What is shiatsu?
Shiatsu massage: what is it?
What is a shiatsu massage?
Shiatsu is a Japanese homedics treatment that uses the same energy points than acupuncture, using finger pressure instead of using needles. In fact, shiatsu means “finger pressure” in Japanese. Therefore, Shiatsu ia also called digitoacupuncture.
What is shiatsu treatment?
Shiatsu combines a smooth movement of the ki energy with the physical benefits of a deep tissue massage. In addition, shiatsu combines western knowledge of anatomy and the physiological and philosophical foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) physiology.
Origin of shiatsu
Although this therapy comes from an ancient Eastern medicine, it is considered that shiatsu was created by Japanese Tokujiro Namikoshi (1905-2000) , who standardized shiatsu treatment in the early twentieth century and created the first shiatsu school of the world to teach future shiatsu masters.
Today shiatsu is recognized by the Ministry of Health of Japan, which defines it in this way: “The shiatsu therapy is a form of manipulation on thumbs, fingers and palms, without the use of any instrument, mechanical or otherwise, to apply pressure on human skin, correct internal malfunctioning, promote and maintain health and treat specific diseases.”
Benefits of shiatsu
- Shiatsu treatment is focused on channeling our vital energy through the energy meridians to relieve ailments and feel better
- Shiatsu stimulates the body’s natural defenses by improving the immune system
- The shiatsu massage facilitates self-healing process of our body
- The therapeutic effects of shiatsu are reflected in an improvement in mood, energy level and physical condition.
- Shiatsu is also a good treatment for arthritis, indeed the master Namikoshi created to treat rheumatoid arthritis his mother was suffering